The Camel Festival Bikaner 2-3 January
The Camel Festival is an event organized in Bikaner by the Department
of Tourism, Art and Culture, Government of Rajasthan, every year
in the month of January. Desert region's Folk dances and Music,
add on to what is otherwise an exclusive camel affair. A festival
when the ships of the desert are seen at their best. Camels fascinate
tourists from all over the world with their movements, charm and
grace. A spectacle of unusual camel performances: camel races, camel
dances, and the bumpy, neck shaking camel rides.
The festival starts with the procession of beautifully decorated
camels. The procession heads towards the open sand grounds. Here,
the festivities begin in earnest. The Camel Pageant is held on the
first day wherein the camel owners
off their Camels' decorations and jewellery. Camel dance performances
are also held. A competition for best decorated camel, fur cutting
design, camel milking and the best camel hair cut is organized The
camels display amazing footwork, dancing gracefully to the slightest
direction of their drivers. Colourful bridles, bejewelled necks,
jingling anklets and long, lanky camel shadows on dusky sands, cast
a magical spell. In this festival tea and sweets prepared by camel
milk are made available to the visitors interested in enjoying them.
On the second day, the fleetest camels of the region take part
in the camel races. The competition is fierce as the best camels
vie for the honors. Thousands of excited tourists and locals cheer
On both days, the evening ends with a rendezvous with the renowned
folk artists of Rajasthan. The jubilant, skirt swirling dances,
the awe inspiring fire dances and many other equally interesting
performances entertain the visitors. The grand finale is a magnificent
display of fireworks which illuminates the desert city of Bikaner.
How to Reach
The nearest airport service is at Jodhpur
Several trains link it to important cities like Delhi,
Jaipur, Mumbai and Jodhpur.
Rajasthan Roadways run very comfortable deluxe buses
from Delhi (Bikaner House, Near India Gate) to Bikaner. The roads
are very good, and it takes around 8-9 hrs from Jaipur.